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Sinn Féin begins preparations for General Election

24 June, 2005


Sinn Féin's TDs, MPs and MEPs are in Dublin this morning for the first in a series of meetings to begin preparations for the next General Election. This is the first time the party's parliamentary representatives from both sides of the border have met since the recent Westminster election when five Sinn Féin MPs were elected.

Deputy Ó Caoláin TD said:

"In Dublin this morning Sinn Féin's TDs, MPs and MEPs are holding the first in a series of meetings to begin preparations for the next General Election. We are in the process of selecting candidates, preparing a radical manifesto and discussing plans for major public campaigns in the Autumn on health, education and Irish unity.

"For some time now the government has been on auto-pilot. They are effectively treading water until the General Election is called. Instead of a coherent strategy they are already reduced to gimmicks and are being propped up by an ineffective opposition. It is time for change.

"Over the coming months we will also be stepping up the campaign for a full, public independent inquiry into the murder of Donegal Councillor Eddie Fullerton in 1991. Gerry Adams has been in touch with the Taoiseach and Justice Minister. We will also be raising the matter with the British government and seeking the backing of Local Councils across Ireland."ENDS

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